The Price of Victory, The Red Army’s Casualties in the Great Patriotic War

This book is both the story of how historians have struggled to uncover the true casualties for the Soviet forces, and of the casualties themselves, using declassified documents from Russian archives not previously available in the West. The authors have provided a stark picture of war between the Germans and the Soviets, including some very interesting illustration – Much Recommended.


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NAME: The Price of Victory, The Red Army's Casualties in the Great 
Patriotic War
FILE: R2579
AUTHOR: Lev Lopukhovsky, Boris Kavalerchik
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back
PAGES:  193
PRICE: £25.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, World War 2, Second World War, The 
Great Patriotic War, East Front, Eastern Front, casualties, 
Germany, Nazi

ISBN: 1-47389-984-8

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DESCRIPTION: This book is both the story of how historians have 
struggled to uncover the true casualties for the Soviet forces, and 
of the casualties themselves, using declassified documents from 
Russian archives not previously available in the West.  The authors 
have provided a stark picture of war between the Germans and the 
Soviets, including some very interesting illustration – Much 
Recommended.

The true cost of Communism to the peoples of Russia has never been 
fully exposed. From the Revolution to the outbreak of WWII, the 
Soviets butchered huge numbers of their own people. Current 
estimates for the period under Stalin suggest more than twenty 
million were killed by execution and by brutal incarceration in the 
gulags. As more archive material becomes available it is increasingly 
looking as though there figures are a significant under estimate. 
One of the consequences of this industrial scale killing was that 
the Soviet army, air force and navy were purged of most of their 
capable commanders in what can only be described as a reign of 
terror. All of this was concealed and the concealment continued on 
through the Great Patriotic War and the decades that followed. 
Russians are only now coming to understand the scale of the evil.

When the Germans rolled into the Soviet Union they made amazing 
progress with epic advances at a speed that even outshone the blitz 
kreig in Western Europe during 1940. Within the first few months, 
they had captured or killed more than a third of the total number 
of Soviet troops. As the threat from Japan kept Soviet troops on 
the Chinese border, the Germans had accounted for more than half of 
the Soviet forces available against them. Equipment losses were even 
higher and the Soviet air force virtually ceased to exist. These 
unbelievable losses were not just due to German military skills. 
The lack of effective officers meant that troops were poorly 
deployed and led. Many were also only too keen to surrender to the 
Germans where they were given the chance. In the Ukraine a large 
part of the population, civilian and uniformed, saw the Germans as 
liberators. Then there was the lack of effective weapons and 
equipment. Only the vastness of the Russian territories sapped the 
German energy, giving the Soviets the opportunity to salvage some of 
the troops and to start a re-equipment program. To that was added 
the enormous volume of war supplies and food that was shipped by the 
British at great cost on the Russian Arctic convoys, and more 
comfortably by the British and Americans across the Persian border. 
The Soviets were keen to hide this part of the story from the people, 
even to the point of welding Russian construction plates over the 
British and American plates on vehicles and aircraft supplied by the 
Allies to the Soviets.

Stalin and Hitler were sides of the same coin. They led very similar 
political groups but hated each other. Fighting was ferocious and 
genocide widespread. Battle losses were heavy, but few of those 
taken prisoner were to survive the war. Surviving German prisoners 
were only reluctantly sent home in the early 1950s after the death 
of Stalin and only as a result of continuing pressure from the US 
and Great Britain. Estimates vary but the consensus is that only 
some 10% of German POWs survived Russian captivity and eventually 
arrived home. Similarly, less than 10% of Soviet prisoners survived 
German captivity. We may never know the true cost in Soviet POWs 
because the Germans treated them as cattle and many who surrendered 
on the battlefield never made it as far as a PoW camp. To those 
horrendus casualty figures were added many of the Soviet prisoners 
sent home to Russia only to be executed or sent to the gulags by 
Stalin.

The heavy costs continued after the Soviets moved to the offensive, 
right through to the surrender of Germany. Stalin and his generals 
had little regard for life, even the lives of their own soldiers. 
Troops continued to be treated as canon fodder and the Germans 
fought on to the end, frequently being ordered to hold a position 
when they should have fallen back, regrouped and counter attacked. 
In the process, many Soviet troops were lost making frontal assaults 
on these German positions. No quarter was given by either side and 
this extended to their own troops.

This is fascinating, if chilling, reading. The authors have clearly 
researched with great care and determination and the translation 
has produced a very readable English language edition of their work.